Flag Rock in Norton, Va.

Flag Rock in Norton, Va.

Are there two Virginias? Residents of the commonwealth’s rural regions –-particularly its Eastern shore and southwest region– say they feel isolated from the rest of the state. Kojo and his guests–including two residents of southwest Virginia–discuss the disparities between the “urban crescent” and the rural areas, and what it will take to address those divides.


  • August Wallmeyer Author, "The Extremes of Virginia"
  • Paula Hill Clinical director, The Health Wagon
  • Mark White Deputy Director, Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University

When Arson Terrorized A Small, Rural Virginia County

American Fire: When Arson Terrorized A Small Virginia County - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

In 2012, 77 arsons plagued a small, rural community on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Over the span of five months, Accomack County residents and firefighters could not pin down the culprit, who was widely suspected to be a member of their community.

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